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Allowing People to Be

At Aspire one of our core values is: Allowing people to be.

In management and leadership roles one of the most difficult skills to learn is allowing people to be their best selves.

As the pressure increases so does the tendency for leaders to slip into command and control, to jump headlong into a sea of “constructive criticism”, to hold on tightly and micromanage their staff. In so doing they can inadvertantly limit the learning, growth and diverse talents that can help support innovation and excellence at the time when it is most needed.

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

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A different stress response; when fight, flight, and freeze don’t apply.

A different stress response that you might not have heard of could be at play when people experience feeling nervous or apprehensive. In the workplace that may be before a meeting or a presentation, for example.

Until relatively recently nearly all animal stress response research was conducted on male animals. This changed in 2000 when Shelley Taylor observed a different stress response was happening in female humans and animals. She dubbed this response, “tend and befriend”, and it has been referred to by others as “appease”.

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Top 5 tips for presenting with slides

It may not be an offence punishable by imprisonment (yet!), but causing death by PowerPoint is something many might still consider a crime so, to help you avoid some of the classic presentation pitfalls, we’d like share some key ideas and our top 5 tips for presenting with slides.

At some point you may well have sat through a presentation that has felt more like an information dump than an opportunity to take away something new, interesting or useful. And at the end of it, you’re left wondering – could this have been a PDF, instead?

It’s also noticeable when a presenter is using a slide presentation as a crutch or relying on it to deflect the audience’s attention from themselves.

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